America's favorite meat is in a foul state these days. Just a few years ago, chicken became the most produced meat in the United States, yet the sector today is struggling. Pilgrim's Pride, the nation's largest poultry producer, filed for bankruptcy protection last December, after fluctuating feed prices crippled its business.
Industry analysts claim that chicken won top place in U.S. meat consumption thanks to an increased interest in our diet. Yet the chicks are about as healthy as their industry. Last Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Protection named poultry the No. 1 source of food-borne outbreaks.